Grant Williams is a higher-skilled replacement for Guerschon Yabusele's joyousness

The Celtics waiving of the much-loved Guerschon Yabusele was a tough and emotional move, but it needed to happen. He was an absolute pleasure to be around for his teammates, but he just didn't project to be a solid NBA player. Now comes rookie Grant Williams, who always seems to be up emotionally. His verbal pleasantries never seem to end, even when the occasional teammate wishes they would.


Grant averaged 13.0 PPG and 6.0 RPG in Summer League . What is most-notable is the fact he scored a team-high plus/minus over the first four games. It looks like G-Will can contribute to winning right way when the regular season begins. An he brings some fun and joyousness that departed with Guersch's release.


I will always wish there had been a way for Boston to keep Yabu on board, not for his basketball talents, but rather for his good nature and pleasing personality. But that isn't the way the NBA, or Danny Ainge specifically, works. In the end, he had to go.

It now looks like Grant Williams will fill a need on the floor and in the locker room. He obviously has suffered the hurts that all of us have experienced, but he doesn't show it. That is a fine quality in a human being. Guersch has that same quality, but he lacked NBA skills. G-Will appears to have the winning skills, high character and likability all wrapped up in one package - just what the Celtics needed for the upcoming season.


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